Upcoming Events

April 27 – Adam Ericksen and Playwright Christopher Shinn on RavenCast

Thursday, April 27, 12 Noon – 1 p.m. CT
Online conversation between Adam Ericksen and Playwright Christopher Shinn

Christopher Shinn is an American playwright whose play Dying City was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Where Do We Live won the 2005 Obie Award for Playwriting. His plays have been premiered by the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Goodman Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre, South Coast Rep, Soho Theatre, and Hartford Stage, and later seen around the world. Christopher teaches at the New School. Join the conversation.

April 29 – Connecting the Dots Between Fiction and Real Life

Saturday, April 29, 9:00 –12 Noon
St. Giles McDonough Hall, 1101 Columbian Avenue, Oak Park, IL

Andrew McKenna, Emeritus Professor of French, Loyola University Chicago

Andrew McKenna, lifelong student of the mimetic theory of René Girard, will use that theory to aid participants in discovering what stories can reveal about sacrificial violence in our lives and in the societies we shape. Narratives of scapegoating, among them Shirley Jackson’s widely read short story “The Lottery” and chapter 7 of the book of Joshua, which purports to relate actual events, will be explored to further examine similar practices today. Andrew McKenna will also speak about what he has learned teaching literature to men incarcerated in maximum security prisons.

Register in advance to receive copies of the two stories.

Cost: $15 (coffee and bagels will be served). Payment can be made at the door.

Sign up and refreshments: 9:00 – 9:30
Program: 9:30 – noon

Theology and Peace 2017 Conference – Embracing We-Centricity – May 22-25

Embracing We-Centricity: Practices that Nurture the Common Good

How do we transcend political rivalry and polarizing rhetoric? Join us in exploring spiritual practices that heal division and distrust.

MAY 22-25, 2017


…every time we relate to other people, we automatically inhabit a we-centric space, within which we exploit a series of implicit certainties about the other. This implicit and pre-theoritical, but at the same time contentful state enables us to directly understand what the other person is doing, why he or she is doing it, and how he or she feels about a specific situation.

~ Vittorio Gallese, “The Two Sides of Mimesis,” Mimesis and Science, 100.

Sereta Richardson on Circle Processes
Brian Robinette and Father Martin Laird on Contemplative Practice
Jonathan Brenneman on Christian Peace Making and Activism
Sister Rose Pacatte on Watching Film as Spiritual Practice
Rev. Paul Nuechterlein on Covenanting
CW Harris on Liturgy Celebrating the Legacy of Gordon Cosby
James Warren — Mimetic Theory 101
Susan Wright — Bible Study on Biblical Wisdom Practices

Theology and Peace extends a special invitation to the Chicago Muslim community to participate.

Learn more.